& Medals, Gallery 37
Chinese coin from the first century BC has the shape of a knife.
In China, all kinds of bronze and copper objects circulated as coins.
The best known are spade and knife (or sword) coins. Initially,
real spades and knives were exchanged as money. In the course of
time they became replaced by spades and knives that were not made
for their original use and they became gradually more flat and blunt.
In the border region of China, Thaliand and Burma there are still
tribes who use knives as currency today.
Tibetan & South-East Asian Art, Gallery 22
Tibetan Ceremonial Teapot
thick tea made with yak butter is the most popular beverage of Tibetans
and an important part of their traditional diet. This fine silver
gilt teapot has a dragon handle and a spout emerging from a sea-monster’s
mouth. It was made in the 19th century and formerly belonged to
Surkhang Shape, who was a leading minister of the Dalai Lama at